With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in South Dakota!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

Registered voters can vote in-person once Absentee Voting begins at their County Auditor's office by bringing along a valid photo identification card (ID). If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

Can you early vote by mail?

Any registered South Dakota voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

South Dakota voters must provide their South Dakota driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in South Dakota you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • reside in South Dakota
  • be 18 years old by Election Day
  • not be currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
  • not have been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court

Can I register online?

Unfortunately online registration is not possible in South Dakota.

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